I thought I'd better show you how things are going. I know I said I was going to start on the hammer face, but after kicking around a bunch of ideas I decided what to do with the other parts, so I decided to save the face (which will be the grizzly bear, the most fun and delicate image on the piece) for last. I decided that some geometric patterns would look really classy and wouldn't make the piece excessively "busy" (like putting several grizzly images on it might have done). It also gives it a bit of a Native American look (I hope, anyway) which ties into why Mr. Rohner asked me to put a grizzly on it in the first place.
Geometric stuff kinda makes my brain shrivel up, it's like doing math. ;-) I was planning to have this portion be just black and white but now I'm kinda thinking those "white" triangles might need to be in color. Of course that means more time but hey, gotta do what I gotta do!
Anyhow, stay tuned, more to come... I think I'll do the sides now (between my thumb and finger) and then decide about color.